Is it poetry or is it spam? Part II

Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the pudding-race!
Aboon them a’ yet tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o’a grace
As lang’s my arm.

— Robert Burns, Address to a Haggis


anyone lived in a pretty how

(with up so floating many bells down)
spring summer autumn winter
he sang his didn’t he danced his did

— e e cummings, anyone lived in a pretty how town


If spammers could marry the purity of cumming’s lower-case poetry with the hearty words of Burns, they might just produce something that could slip past the sturdiest of spam filters. Last week published a list of the most poetic spam subject lines we’ve received and invited readers to send us some of the lyrical stuff that’s currently clogging their in-boxes. Here’s a selection.

glossary leach neuromuscular corsage philanthrope
boomerang drub bald antiperspirant impresario

— Mark Mousseau


fatty irishman cotyledon
gabrielle gate giovanni babylonian blush
Re: QZSRS, their spears pyramidlike

— Barb Craven



basemen maldistribute extensive congest accreditate
actinide counterman godson
endicott cyclades clinging hurrah alongside
horseback facetious assignee
lint bole quinn churchgoer
catalogue cut pest
meltdown nabisco albeit dupe
dose kalmuk sculptor inertia
nimh inveigle captain defensible hough
Trip interruption benefit
pueblo goofy agone negligee
coincidental bell
colombia scottish cork lynn
mung mandrake dandelion

— Maurice Theriault

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